Dawson commissioners announced during a special called meeting Monday night that County Manager Cindy Campbell has tendered her resignation.
Campbell had served as county manager since December 2012. Previously she held the county's chief financial officer position for four years.
In her resignation letter, Campbell said after praying about her decision, she felt her family would be better served if she could spend more time with her two children.
"I plan to start my own business so I can have more flexible work hours," she said. "This was not an easy decision to make on my part. The last seven years have been very rewarding.
"I've enjoyed working for the board of commissioners and managing a very successful team dedicated to providing quality service to the citizens of Dawson County."
Upon accepting the resignation that was effective immediately, the county commission also unanimously approved a motion that allows Commission Chairman Mike Berg to handle the county manager duties until a replacement can be hired.
"I'm just doing this in the interim until the board feels comfortable to decide what they want to do," Berg said. "This may be a one month or two month period, I guess, at the most while they make a decision."
Berg, who was set to take over all of the county manager duties on Tuesday morning, will not be receiving an additional salary above his pay for serving as chairman of the board.
County Attorney Joey Homans said the commission's move to allow Berg to serve as manager in the interim was within their board duties.
"They merely assign the duties until they appoint a county manager," he said.
Berg described Campbell as a valuable, intelligent and hardworking employee.
"She was an asset to the county, a personal friend to me. I really appreciate her and I'll miss her," he said.